Life and Liberty

Before reading this article, you should read The Declaration of Independence. I did. It’s been awhile, but I was refreshed on some ideas. The part that some people know from memory is:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The phrase that probably stands out is “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Let’s take a closer look at these three things.

Life is simple…people deserve to live. Murder, abortion, starvation, bad water, tainted food, withholding medical treatment resulting in death (including any cures for cancer that are covered up), and debilitating injuries — these are all examples of a violation of an individual’s right to Life. If someone’s Life is taken, or if they have crippling injuries, then their right to Life was violated.

Liberty is something different, and assumes that Life is fulfilled. In short, the right to Liberty is to do what you want, as long as you are not violating Life. If someone restricts another’s right to have safe access to a livable wage, drugs (including caffeine and alcohol), gambling, or other things that do not hurt anyone else, or if people are endlessly fined or incarcerated for victimless crimes, then Liberty is not fulfilled. This is important, because Life and Liberty have to be satisfied in order to pursue Happiness.

Happiness, well, I would write about it, but I don’t know what that means. I don’t have Liberty, therefore I can’t pursue Happiness, but I do know that the more people we grant Liberty, the more people will be able to pursue Happiness. To some, Happiness is the Creator, to others it’s not. As a Christian, I am fine with people concluding it is something other than communion with the Creator, as long as the other person isn’t looking to harm people, they should be allowed to do as they wish. It’s not selfish. Selfish would be taking away other peoples’ Liberties.

The declaration also states that if such government is infringing upon these basic human rights, then it is the duty of the people to “throw off” such government. That’s what the founders did. They declared independence from England, and won the war. If they lost, they would have been tried and executed as criminals, not only for the rebellion, but for refusing to play England’s games — especially when it comes to banking and taxes.

I think we are overdue for another Revolution. One just might be brewing. We are way off base for what the founding fathers wrote about. Government programs and officials continue to strip us of our right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, and many people stand by and do nothing. We live in scary times. Wagen, over and out.